Before we start talking about why people work, let’s do something fun first!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Superhero? Firefighter? Ballet dancer? Astronaut? Scientist? Share your answer with other people. Have a fun discussion about what you were excited about as a kid. Not sure? Check out this video for ideas!


Why do people work?

That’s an easy question.

  1. Money. People work to make money. They need money for food, for rent, and to have fun with their friends and family. 
  2. Independence. Money isn’t the only reason to work. Working can also give you more independence and more control over your own life. When you work, you are learning new things, getting more skills, and making friends with people you meet through your job.
  3. Community. People work to be part of and contribute to their communities. This means that jobs exist not only for your benefit, but jobs also let you help others. For example, let’s say I have a job in an office delivering the mail. I’m helping the whole office save time and get stuff done.

Do you want to work for these reasons?

Are there any other reasons why you want to get a job?